Cougar Connect

Week of January 27, 2020

Expectations Review and The Great Kindness Challenge

This week admin will visit 6th and 7th grade AVID, ELD, and Expository Reading & Writing classes on Monday for a school rules and expectations review. Eighth grade teachers will review the rules and expectations with their students since they had an assembly when we returned from break. Students will also sign an anti-bully pledge, which needs a parent/guardian signature as well. The pledge is due by Friday, January 31st. Students who turn in the pledge to their teacher on Tuesday will be entered into a drawing for gift cards and they will get a coupon for a free bag of popcorn from the student store. If they turn it in by Wednesday, they will get a coupon. The goal is for every Kennedy Cougar and their family to turn in a pledge. It will be listed in PowerSchool as a graded assignment. A copy of the presentation and pledge can be found below.

To encourage kindness and positive behavior, Kennedy will be participating in The Great Kindness Challenge. Students, their families, and Kennedy staff are encouraged to commit to completing one random act of kindness every day this week. Information about the challenge will be given to students during the rules review presentation. All staff members and families are encouraged to talk about and discuss acts of kindness with their students. Here is a link for more information: The Great Kindness Challenge

Principal's Coffee

If you missed the Principal’s Coffee, here are the slides so you at least get some of the highlights. One of the topics discussed was the new mental health pilot that will start in February for 20 of our students. Kennedy was selected as the pilot school for the Redwood City School District, which is really exciting. We hope this program will have a significant impact on our students who participate and to expand this program in the near future. I have included the slides about this program that were created by RCSD Director of Special Education, Patricia Pelino. These were presented to the Board recently.

Aladdin Jr.

The musical Aladdin Jr. is a magical performance based on the Academy Award-winning Disney classic and the hit Broadway show. This is a colorful production by Kennedy Middle School in Redwood City. Our actors have done an outstanding job to bring you the story of Aladdin - a street rat who finds a magic lamp and embarks on an adventure that will test his will and moral character to earn the respect of princess Jasmine. Come discover a "whole new world" at our show!

PERFORMANCES: Friday, January 31 at 7 pm and Saturday, February 1 at 1pm & 7pm

LOCATION: McKinley Auditorium, 400 Duane St, Redwood City

Here is the link to purchase tickets for the show:

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Kennedy Yearbooks

Don’t forget to order your copy of the Kennedy yearbook. The deadline is coming up soon. See the flier below for more details.

Square Bowl

On Tuesday, February 4th at 6:30 pm in the Kennedy Gym, 6th-grade Kennedy families and friends are invited to the Square Bowl! The Square Bowl is a celebration of what 6th-grade students have learned during the month of January--square dancing.

February 6

A very advanced reminder that Thursday, February 6, is the other really early dismissal day that the District designated this year for staff professional development. Pick up District-wide is at 11:45 am.

Academic Support

Breakfast Club (Breakfast Provided)

7:45-8:15 am, Library (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays)

After School Help (Snacks Provided)

3:10-4:10 pm, Room 531 (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays)

1:40-2:40 pm, Room 531 (Thursdays)


Anime Club - Thursdays, Lunch, Room 417

Book Club - Wednesdays, 3:10-4:10, Room 531

Dungeons & Dragons Club - Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15 pm, Room 528

Earth Club - Wednesdays, Lunch, Library

Gamers' Club - Mondays, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room 637

Maker Space Club - Mondays, Lunch, Room 531

Photograph Club - Tuesdays, Lunch, and Wednesdays, 3:10-4:10 pm, Room 314

Sci-Fi Club - Tuesday, Lunch, Room B-5 (Every Other Week)

Yoga Club - Tuesdays & Thursdays, Lunch, Room A1 (Locker Room)

Students can show up to the club and do not need to sign up ahead of time.

Pictures From This Week

January Events

Monday, January 27: January Birthday Celebration, Lunch, Room 531A

Tuesday, January 28: Moving Up Lunchtime Competition, Outside Room 534/535

Friday, January 31: Aladdin Jr. Performance, 7:00 pm, MIT Theater

Saturday, February 1: Aladdin Jr. Performance, 1 & 7 pm, MIT Theater